Granite Bay gets offensive at Woodcreek

Grizzlies control the glass, pull away in second half to remain unbeaten in SFL
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Jacob King knows that when he’s on the basketball court, he’s expected to crash the boards on the offensive end.

If he and his Granite Bay High School teammates lag in that area, their teammates on the bench give them not-so-subtle reminders that offensive rebounding is what’s expected of them.

“We always designate people to go to the offensive boards,” King said after grabbing six offensive rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 65-49 Sierra Foothill League victory at Woodcreek on Tuesday night. “There were a lot of openings I could slide through, and I could just jump up there and get the ball. I got offensive rebounds and got easy putbacks.”

Did he ever. King grabbed four offensive rebounds in the third quarter and scored 10 of his game-high 20 points during a 14-0 run to start the second half. That turned a 33-28 halftime deficit into a 42-33 lead.

“We decided to turn it up and play a little harder” in the second half, said King, who also led all rebounders with eight. Granite Bay outrebounded Woodcreek 29-18 overall and 11-2 on the offensive end.

The Grizzlies (15-6 overall, 4-0 SFL) have made a habit of coming back in the second half or, as coach Jason Sitterud said, “weathering their storm.”

“We’re learning on the road,” he said. “Our (seniors) recognize the urgency. They recognize this is it.”

Granite Bay shot 56 percent in the second half, including 6 for 9 in the fourth quarter, to pull away. Sophomore Kendrick Jackson scored 14 points for Granite Bay. Senior Sherron Bradford scored 11 points, and senior center Scott Romuk had eight points and seven rebounds.

Woodcreek (10-11, 1-3) shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half, but by the time the Grizzlies scored the first eight points of the third quarter, the Timberwolves had taken only two shots.

Woodcreek committed 10 of its 15 turnovers in the second half. Sophomore guard Noah Blackwell scored eight of the Timberwolves’ 16 points in the second half and totaled 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Junior Nick Howe scored all 13 of his points in the first half, including a double behind-the-back dribble and layup in the first period. He took one shot in the second half. Senior Tyler Milani scored 10 points but was limited to two free throws in the second half.

Rocklin 95, Roseville 83 (OT) — Three-pointers by Gabe Lira and Daniel Rios in the final 39 seconds of regulation helped the Tigers (16-5, 1-3) send the game to overtime, but the host Thunder (15-6, 3-1) was a perfect 5 for 5 from the floor in OT and Devin Moss went 9 for 11 from the free-throw line.

Rios led Roseville with 24 points. Roman Tyukayev scored 15 points, Will White 14 and Matt Tawlks 11. Tyukayev and Cole Jacobs fouled out for the Tigers.

Rocklin was 36 for 46 from the line and Roseville 24 for 30.




Woodcreek 66, Granite Bay 58 (2 OTs) — The host Timberwolves (3-1 SFL) scored the last eight points in the second overtime to hand the Grizzlies (3-1) their first league loss. Malcolm Thomas made a three-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer to give Woodcreek a 61-58 lead with 1:01 left.

Thomas Austefjord led the Timberwolves with 15 points. Thomas and Grady Collins scored 14 points apiece, Justin Asuncion scored 10 and Leonard Nelson nine.

Granite Bay’s Colin McHale led all scorers with 17 points. K.J. Arai scored 13 and Charley Tooley and Neel Chanda 12 each.